Java ministry: Ames parishes partner with Honduran coffee farmers

AMES— If you’re lucky enough to enter the basement of St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Student Center on a weekday evening, you might encounter the rich aroma of freshly ground coffee.

Open the kitchen door, and you’ll find a small group of adults and students hustling around the room.

Dipping into large bins of deep brown coffee beans, they stand in front of machines that grind those beans, passing bags on to the next set of hands waiting to seal them. Still another person counts, checks for leaks in the sealing, and marks each bag of freshly roasted coffee before carefully placing it into a container for ­later sale.

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